Having a home that is environmentally friendly can lead us to think of solar panels and other expensive options that often feel out of reach. This, however, isn’t always the case. Although it would be great to have a home that is solely powered by the sun with zero waste, the truth of the matter is we’re not there yet. But, there are many ways we can get on track to making our homes greener and, in turn, have a positive effect on our environment. Below you’ll find our Ideal Home Furnishings team’s top 10 hacks to have a greener and healthier home!
Seal gaps around windows and doors
One of the biggest inefficiencies in a home is the energy that is wasted from your furnace working overtime to keep up with the heat leaking out. By ensuring all your windows and doors are properly sealed you’ll save energy and save some dollars on your heating bill.
Fix leaking faucets
That leaky faucet is wasting a lot more water than you may think! Invest in making the necessary repairs to stop the leaks, or replace any faulty hardware if needed.
Install low-flow showerheads and toilets
If your showerheads and toilets are ready for an upgrade be sure to look into low-flow options that will help your household conserve water. You won’t even notice the difference!
Replace your light bulbs
A super simple way to conserve energy in your home is to switch all your light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Bonus: these alternatives have a longer lifespan than the traditional style, and you’ll save on your electricity bills.
Use no- to low-VOC products
Another easy way to go green is to limit the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they can also cause headaches, nausea, and other irritations to the body.
Look for Energy Efficient Appliances
If you are shopping for new appliances keep an eye out for the HE logo. These appliances are Energy Star certified and use less energy.
Install Programmable Thermostat
Another efficient way to save on energy usage in your home is to install a programmable thermostat. Doing this will give you the option to pre-program a cooler temperature for your home’s interior when you are out.
If your attic hasn’t been completed with proper insulation, now is the time to do it! Having a home that has been fitted with proper insulation will keep your furnace from kicking into overdrive when the temperatures drop.
Install a ceiling fan
A ceiling fan is a great alternative to an energy consuming air conditioning system. Consider installing a couple in your home before you make the commitment to an AC system.
Catch rainwater to water plants
If you have a green thumb and tend to your plants regularly, then you’re most likely watering your garden often. Cut down on your water consumption by placing a tank/barrel beneath your downspouts to catch rainfall. You can use this water to for garden and ultimately cut down on your carbon footprint.
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